Executive Leadership Institute




This day-and-a-half day program is designed to help executive-and director-level professionals become more effective leaders. Learn next-level leadership skills and participate in candid, dynamic, and strategic conversations on topics affecting library services and legal information. Join a wide network of directors in a future-focused setting to discuss specific organizational challenges, changes in the legal landscape, and the continued evolution of information services with your peers.

Who should attend

Directors and interim-director level professionals are invited to register. Not sure? contact us at prof-edu@aall.org.


  • Critical and Strategic Thinking Framework
  • Problem Solving Approaches and Analysis
  • Systematic and Successful Decision-making
  • Credibility, Communication, and Value Proposition
  • Persuasion and Argument Structure
  • Connection, Rapport, and Influence
  • State of the Profession Strategic Analysis
  • Driving Change


Risa Mish is professor of practice of management at the Johnson Graduate School of Management. She designed and teaches the MBA Core course in Critical and Strategic Thinking, in addition to teaching courses in leadership and serving as faculty co-director of the Johnson Leadership Fellows program.

Mish served as lead faculty for the Legal Marketing Association (LMA) critical thinking certificate program. She presented at the U.S. 11th Circuit Federal Judicial Conference: Motivating Optimal Performance. Mish has facilitated leadership training for top companies, including Pepsi, Royal Bank of Scotland, and ABC News. Mish owns a consulting firm, advising organizations and senior executives on such topics as critical thinking, problem solving, leading organizational change, resolving conflict, and building teams and organizational culture.

Previously, Mish was a partner in the New York City law firm of Collazo Carling & Mish LLP (now Collazo Florentino & Keil LLP), where she represented management clients on a wide range of labor and employment law matters, including defense of employment discrimination claims in federal and state courts and administrative agencies, and in labor arbitrations and negotiations under collective bargaining agreements. Prior to CC&M, Mish was a labor and employment law associate with Simpson Thacher & Bartlett in New York City, where she represented Fortune 500 clients in the financial services, consumer products, and manufacturing industries. She is admitted to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court and state and federal courts in New York and Massachusetts.

Mish is a member of the board of directors of SmithBucklin Corporation, the world’s largest trade association management company, headquartered in Chicago and TheraCare Corporation, headquartered in New York City. She formerly served as a Trustee of the Tompkins County Public Library, Vice Chair of the board of directors of the Community Foundation of Tompkins County, and member of the board of directors of the United Way of Tompkins County.

Caitlin “Cat” Moon is the Director of Innovation Design for the Program in Law and Innovation (PoLI) at Vanderbilt Law School. In this role, she works with PoLI colleagues to design the curriculum for both the JD program and the PoLI Institute (innovatethelaw.com), which provides interactive, immersive training in legal innovation to legal professionals. She also co-founded and produces the Summit on Law and Innovation (SoLI), which brings together experts across legal, technology, and other disciplines in collaborative legal innovation projects. Moon currently teaches Legal Problem Solving, a course in human-centered design for law, as well as the Law as a Business, Blockchain and Smart Contracts and Legal Operations.

In addition to her role at Vanderbilt, she works with law firms, legal departments, and law schools globally to bring a human-centered design perspective to re-imagining the delivery of legal services and legal education. Moon regularly speaks and facilitates workshops across the United States and Europe on the application of human-centered design and creativity. Recent engagements include the keynote address for Multilaw’s North Americas Region annual meeting, facilitating a legal design sprint for the annual Women of Legal Tech conference, a design sprint for the Canadian Corporate Counsel Association’s annual meeting, and design workshops for corporate counsel in Munich, Germany.

With a deep interest in the intersection of law and blockchain technology, Moon founded Ledger.Law, a consultancy providing companies and law firms with counsel on blockchain related to regulation, policy, and legal structure. Before joining Vanderbilt, Moon provided legal counsel and strategic guidance to start-up companies throughout her 20 years of legal practice in Nashville. She also is a co-organizer of Music City Legal Hackers, sponsored by PoLI and part of the global Legal Hackers community, which brings together legal professionals, KM professionals, technologists, designers, and other professionals to create technology solutions to provide access to justice and legal services.

A fifth-generation lawyer, Moon also is the granddaughter of a librarian. As a child, she spent her days after school and in the summers exploring the stacks of her hometown library, where her grandmother was head librarian. She credits this experience for her tenacious curiosity and love of learning.


This continuing professional education opportunity is sponsored by the American Association of Law Libraries and Georgetown University Law Library.

Contact Celeste R. Smith, AALL director of education, via email or 312.205.8032 for more information